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The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Albums 7-21-23 – 7-27-23 Reviewed

The Ballad of Darren – Blur – Damon found himself with a whole lotta songs that didn’t fit into Gorillaz and solo stuff, even as it maintained once or twice too often some of that dreary melancholy he specializes in. Some of what amounts to his break-up album is better than ever, “The Narcissist” is a winner, but most is like the very next song, the wearying “Goodbye Albert”, and the album starts to drag in the typical manner that has afflicted the band ever since “The Universal”. Nobody expects “Parklife” or “Chemical World” every trip out of the gate, but stuff like “The Height” is just the same not all there as ever – C +

Starcatcher – Greta Van Fleet – unless you include Lez Zep (which I don’t) and Rob Halford (which we obviously do), there are less same sexers in metal than there is in even rap, so lead singer Josh Kiszka coming out is braver than it appears; sadly, the album is overblown prog rock with pretty ace vocals but too much restraint: its like the 80s without the camp – B-

Like…? (Deluxe) – Ice Spice has had some year, a smash feature with Taylor Swift, the PinkPantheresse hit, and her debut album is a winner, “How High” and “Butterfly Ku” were such a strong opening I assumed it would fall apart but in fact, they were both new to the EP (now album), so was the excellent “Under The Radar” and “Bikini Bottom” and she can rhyme, can rap and has a nasty mouth – A-

Who’s Next : Life House – The Who – from the press release: “Featuring 155 tracks, of which 89 are previously unreleased and 57 feature fresh remixes, the set will delight longtime Who fans with its long-sought, complete picture of Townshend’s incredibly prescient songwriting, while captivating a new audience with his visionary description of a future that has, in many ways, come true. It features all of his songs, in their many stages of development, from the abandoned, audacious Life House project, started in 1970 as a follow-up to The Who’s epic Tommy, and from the undisputed rock classic of 1971 that it evolved into, Who’s Next.”. This is an eleven track taster – A-

Barbie The Album – Various Artists – the dreaded Mark Ronson rustles up every pop star peaking in 2023 (Billie Eilish, Ice Spice, Lizzo, Dua Lipa) for a well overblown set of single drops and you’d think they’d hiot but they haven’t hit at all… even Fifty Fifty’s track won’t make it – C+

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